April 2012 Archives

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This weekend I had the good fortune to get together with some buddies and have a brewing party for this coming year’s Oktoberfest beer. I don’t know if you’ve ever actually brewed beer before but it’s a fair little undertaking, especially for the home brewer trying to do about 30 gallons at a time. Given that we also tend towards “seat of our pants” operations, it goes without saying that the whole beer brewing adventure was a string of minor emergencies from start to finish. And, like all good disaster situations, there were some things to be learned if you kept your eyes open.

One of the first steps in the process is grinding about 50 pounds of grain so that it can be used in the as the base. With an old school hand grinder, this turned out to be a much more substantial undertaking than we’d envisioned. There were some sad faces as realization started to set in that it was looking like it could be a very long morning of delay and sore elbows for everyone until my client Lee channeled his inner Marine: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome
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The other day I opened up my email (like I do far too often for wise time management) and was pleasantly surprised to see an email from one of my former South Carolina clients, Seth. Upon reading the email I was floored, and frankly, I was humbled. It’s sometimes hard as a writer to know if people are really reading your stuff, and even harder still to get the sense of what you’re trying to put across is getting through to them.

To put it bluntly, I don’t write this stuff for my health… I write it for yours.

Well, this letter let me know that at least one person is “getting me”. I won’t steal his thunder, but what I want to point out here is that Seth has internalized what’s truly important for success: Making things happen even when it’s not perfect.
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Every day in the gym I push people through and beyond what they think are their limits. I take them to places where they’re uncomfortable in order to make them better. In my own training I do the same thing. However, that’s not what I really need. Sure, I train hard, but honestly I’m pretty good at it.

For me training hard isn’t really out of my comfort zone. I’m comfortable with momentary discomfort because I’ve been doing it for years. I like it. That’s one of the reasons why I’m a trainer.

If I want to continue to improve as a man and as a person, I need to seek other outlets that push me beyond my comfort zone. In order to do that I drove to the Jersey Shore this weekend to attend one of my Mastermind meetings. These Mastermind meetings are closed door sessions with other fitness pros in which we talk not only business but also lifestyle and mentality stuff. There are no holds barred here and it can get pretty damn uncomfortable sometimes.

Like I said, these are closed door sessions, so what’s said in Jersey stays in Jersey, but I’m going to let you know that I got called on some bullshit this weekend. It sucked, but it’s what I needed. Was I called a bad trainer? Hell no. Did someone say I wasn’t a good writer? Nope. What about that I didn’t care about my clients? That wasn’t it, either, because that’s obviously not true.
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I was recently asked by a client for my number one tip on success, be it changing their physique, life, or performance. I had to stop and think for a minute. First, I realized that I have pretty awesome clients that ask questions like that, and then I started to go through some possibilities in my head.

I mean, there’s the usuals… Eat right, move big weight, be consistent, get some sleep, get a little (or a lotta) sumpin’ on the reg, stop being a bitch, and so on.

But then it hit me. All of those are symptoms of success. They are the building blocks, but they’re not the root.

So my number one tip for making everything happen?
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It’s Monday, that means that it’s time to make it happen.

Everyone gets fired up on Mondays. Ask anyone who’s ever been in a gym and they’ll tell you what the busiest day of the week is… Monday.

That’s because everyone’s trying to make up for their sins of the weekend.

Everyone has done some soul searching on Sunday and decided that this is the time it’s going to change.
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kettlebell turkish get-up variationHope your day is going well. It’s bright and sunny here, and after a long winter, let me assure you that this weather is a welcome thing!

I’ve heard a couple of people talking lately about how even though they’re seeing great results in the gym… they’re bored with just doing the basic exercises.

I have to be honest, I don’t know as though there’s anything boring about getting bigger, stronger, and more jacked. If the basics were getting me there I’d just hammer the hell out of them before I tried to get tricky, myself.

However, I do appreciate coming into the gym and playing around a little. So I was scrolling through my old raw video footage and found a good one: The Chaos-style Turkish Get-up.
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live life aggressively aggression mindsetI spent my birthday weekend around a bunch of very successful fitness entrepreneurs talking shop on business, lifestyle, and of course getting amazing results for our clients.

There was lots of wisdom in the room and some killer “nuts and bolts” info shared about autoresponders, calling services, delegating logistics tasks, running a smooth business where your clients have fun, etc. That was all great stuff.

What really stood out to me, though, wasn’t the knowledge of these guys…
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